Today I’ll be talking about how I created Satyr for the 30 Day Monster Girl Challenge. For my version of Satyr, I went with my own fantasy twist of a well-known figure from Greek and Roman mythology.
The Satyr of myth is usually a mischievous male with the lower body of a goat who is known to lecherously pursue nymphs and dryads. The Satyr were also drinking buddies with Dionysus, the god of wine and merriment.
For more about the Satyr, check out one of my favorite Greek mythology resources, http://www.theoi.com.
Tools and Techniques
For this painting, I used Photoshop CC and a Wacom Cintiq 21UX.
For my Satyr girl, I wanted to go with the theme of grapes to honor Dionysus and his wine, so she ended up with a purple complexion crowned with grapevine adornments. Like many Satyrs, she is also a player of instruments, in this case a flute.
A selection from my references for Satyr.
Step 1. Quick digital gesture drawing done to capture the movement and energy of the pose. This isn’t very precise and is more about energy than accuracy.
Step 2: A cleaner line art is drawn on a layer atop the gesture. I used Lazy Nezumi Pro set to ‘subtle’ to help stabilize my lines in Photoshop and make them smoother.
Step 3: Added a base layer of color so no background color will accidentally show through.
Step 4: Added the flat colors after much deliberation on what her skin color should be.
Step 5: Colorized the lines to make the grapes, grapevine, and flute stand out.
Step 6: Added a shadow layer using warm grey above everything clipped to the Group and set to Multiply.
Step 7: Added a highlight layer painting in white set to Overlay. Also clipped to the Group.
Step 8: Final touches of pure white in key places such as the leaves, grapes, and hair to help lead the strengthen the focus, flow, and dimensionality of the piece.
For more in-depth instruction on how I created this image, Pledge to any $10 and up level at my Patreon to gain access to the narrated video tutorial! You can also buy the individual tutorial separately at my Gumroad shop, but you won’t receive the other extras you would by purchasing via Patreon.
You can watch a video preview of the tutorial for Satyr without narration here: